I got into martial arts as a result of certain insecurities, as I'm sure many (but not all) martial artists also did.
When my first art proved to lack what it took to assuage those insecurities, I took the advice of the prevailing thinking of this site, and pursued a more alive art. Those specific insecurities are pretty much gone at this point, but now I continue because the training turns me into a friendlier, better and more relaxed person, and has led me to make other healthy decisions. For instance, a year ago I couldn't run a mile without getting shin splints and having my back seize up (pretty disconcerting for a guy who ran track as a teenager). This last weekend alone, I ran 10 miles. This is because Kyokushin/Kickboxing workouts made my body stronger and leaner and allowed it to handle the impact of running.
The point is, who cares what got you into it or what your motivation is? Reap the tangible benefits and be honest with yourself so you don't end up living the life o' Dillman.
Originally Posted by Devil
Steaks and hot ladies, grasshopper.
Fucking and feasting.
Candy and cleavage.
Hamburgers and hoolas.
Beer and boobs.
Another motivation is not legit for real men.
Last edited by Hiro Protagonist; 6/05/2012 12:25pm at .
I see there have been a few very good answers, so I will try a serious one, too.
I started training to understand and to master my anger.
Took me a long time there was nothing to understand or to master.
I think it's instinct, more than anything else, though.
Fighters fight, whether they train, or not.
There are many people, though, who fight that are no fighters.
I haven't found yet to which group I belong.
Wow, thanks guys. I'm impressed by the intelligent, honest answers here. Good feedback.
I dont do this for fun. I grew up near a ghetto. I've seen some nasty urban warefare I wish I had not seen.
That sucks. Real violence, especially close to home, is not something soon forgotten.
Originally Posted by Smackjack
I train simply because it is fun. Also the whole added benefit of getting exercise and breaking up my otherwise completely sedentary life are nice as well.
I got into martial arts in 2005 to lose weight and because I was watching loads of anime and thought it was cool.
In 2006 I trained to keep me sane (was stuck at home in a tiny town in the bum end of South Africa), did JKD and started to discover aliveness. Sadly also started Aikido, to my eternal shame.
In 2007 I trained mostly because it was fun, our club was small and there was a good element of play.
After that, 4 year hiatus sitting on my backside doing nothing, until I had gallbladder issues and a 1/4 life crisis and realised I needed to rebuild my body and reclaim my "manhood" or whatever. Also I just want to fight.
So various reasons at various points I guess.
I want to die healthy at an advanced age.
Honestly, right now my main reason is the emotional high. There is something about punching and (not) getting punched that just gets me off.
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